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The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket Steamship Authority operates the car ferries running between Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.




The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, commonly called just The Steamship Authority, operates ferryboats on these routes (map):

Woods Hole & Martha's Vineyard

Car and passenger ferries from Woods Hole on Cape Cod to Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. More...

Hyannis & Nantucket

— Car and passenger ferries from Hyannis to the island of Nantucket. More...

— Passengers-only fast catamaran ferry (no cars) from Hyannis to Nantucket. More...

Car & Passenger Ferries

The car ferries also carry passengers without cars, and passengers with bicycles.


You should have a reservation to ship your car off-season (November through May), and you must have a car reservation in the high-summer months from mid-June through early September.

Car Parking

The Steamship Authority operates large and numerous parking lots in Falmouth and Woods Hole, and in Hyannis, with shuttle buses to take passengers to the docks. You should not try to park elsewhere! If you are not parked legally, your car will be towed away...expensively.

Radio Alerts

Low-power AM radio stations near the docks communicate current details on ferry departures, arrivals and parking availability to passengers driving to Woods Hole and Hyannis, directing traffic to appropriate lots. The radio frequencies of these stations are displayed prominently on approaches to the docks.

Steamship Authority

Mashpee Reservation Office
509 Falmouth Road, Suite 1C
Mashpee MA 02649
Tel 508-477-8600 (7:30 am to 4:00 pm)

—by Tom Brosnahan

Martha's Vineyard Ferries

Nantucket Ferries

Parking in Woods Hole


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Steamship Authority ferry terminal, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

The Steamship Authority terminal
in Woods Hole MA.





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